It’s week 12 of the working on us prompt series from Beckie at Beckie’s Mental Mess. Please visit her post for the guidelines for participating. This week’s focus is on self-care.
Prompt #1 Questions:
- Were their signs of your self-care routine lacking before you were officially diagnosed with a mental illness/disorders? My memory of that time isn’t great, but I don’t think it was too big of an issue. I wasn’t eating much, but that was more because I had no appetite rather than not taking care of myself.
- Did you (or) do you suffer from low self-esteem? When I was well, my self-esteem was generally pretty good. When I’m depressed self-esteem is sometimes a problem, but more often my focus is on (perceived) lack of abilities. I’m thinking along the lines of “I’m not good enough at [task X]” rather than “I’m not good enough as a human being.”
- Is there (or) have there been stages of guilt when not properly taking care of your self-care routine? I don’t think that’s ever been an issue for me. Usually when my self-care starts to go one of the first things to off is any degree of caring about self-care.
- (You can refrain from answering the next question if you wish to). What was the longest period of time between taking a shower, and/or brushing your teeth? I think the longest I’ve gone without showering was three weeks, which was around the time of my second hospitalization. Teeth brushing would be longer than that, I’m sure. I seldom brush my teeth anymore; I simply don’t care enough to bother. I think I brushed them last night, though 🙂
- If you are supposed to be going out for whatever occasion, are you concerned with your over-all appearance? (Or) Do you take care of your self-care needs before leaving the house? I used to consider it self-care to make myself presentable when leaving the house. Now, I don’t see it as self-care; instead, I see it as something that’s done to try to please other people. I don’t like other people, so I don’t particularly care what they think of me.
- What advice can you give to someone who is having difficulty with their self-care routine? (Note: If someone was to ask for your advice, what would you share with them?) I’d say prioritize the self in self-care. Don’t push yourself to do things just for the sake of other people. People are stupid. You do what’s best for you.
Prompt #2 Photo: Describe for us what or how you feel when you see this picture?
“Back the f*** off already” is what pops to mind.
On a bit of a tangent, there are many photos of this woman scattered across Pixabay. Her weird thick side braid creeps me out. It looks like there’s some jungle creature slithering down her body.
And for her self-care, she shouldn’t give a crap about what curmudgeonly people like me think.
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